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Intel Launches Rugged Convertible Classmate PC: Ready For Life's Little Tyrants

Intel Launches Rugged Convertible Classmate PC: Ready For Life's Little Tyrants

The OLPC XO sparked a revolution, and it just might have contributed to the eventual netbook craze that's still going strong today. The idea of creating a small, portable, low-cost notebook was just brilliant, and clearly it has struck a chord with consumers. Intel got in on the fun with the Classmate PC, and now the newest in that line is being introduced. It's a logical next step as well, given just how tough kids are with just about anything, computers included.

The new rugged Convertible Classmate PC is part of the Intel Learning Series, and it features a 10.1" LCD, an Intel Atom processor, a touch screen, a rechargeable battery with up to 8.5 hours of life, integrated Wi-Fi and even a WiMAX and/or 3G module for staying connected on the go. Being a "rugged" machine, this one also offers a water-resistant keyboard, touchpad and screen, improved ruggedness with drop test from desk height, bump and scratch resistance surfaces and structures, and an optional anti-microbial keyboard.

The good news is that Intel isn't alone here in pushing these machines; more than 300 vendors – including hardware, operating system, software vendors and enterprise solutions providers – are developing applications, peripherals and services optimized for Intel-powered classmate PCs as a part of the Intel Learning Series offering. Other specs include a 160GB hard drive, 1GB of RAM, Windows XP Home and a $499 price tag.



Rugged Convertible Classmate PC Design Moves the Way Kids Do

Latest Intel-Powered Convertible Classmate PC Offers Durable Design for School Children Around the World

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

    * Supported by local computer manufacturers, Intel unveils the latest Intel-powered convertible classmate PC design.
    * The new convertible design is more rugged and flexible, providing school children around the world with custom-built technology to help advance education.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 26, 2010 – Intel Corporation today unveiled the most flexible and durable Intel-powered convertible classmate PC reference design yet. Supported by local computer manufacturers which are part of the Intel® Learning Series, this new addition combines aesthetics with ruggedness, full PC functionality with enhanced e-learning capabilities and improved performance with energy efficiency.

Building on the success of the clamshell and convertible classmate PC designs, Intel and the Learning Series' members provide classrooms around the world with a custom-built solution for primary school education.

Featuring the Intel® Atom™ processor and a 10.1-inch LCD monitor, the new convertible classmate PC includes increased memory and storage to run education applications that help students excel in their studies and build skills for the future. The new design can change instantly from a clamshell to a tablet PC, allowing students to naturally switch form factors as they move between activities and locations in the classroom, an observation that Intel ethnographic researchers have termed "micro-mobility."

"Our ethnographers have spent countless hours understanding how technology can help school age children here in the U.S. and around the world build the skills required for the future," said Kapil Wadhera, acting general manager of Intel's Emerging Markets Platform Group, which developed the Intel-powered classmate PC reference design based on ethnographic research. "At Intel, we believe that education has the power to transform the lives of individuals, villages, cities and nations, and we understand that technology is one of our greatest tools to advance education around the world."

Built to move the way kids do, the new Intel-powered convertible classmate PC features a touch-screen with a user interface optimized for eReading applications, water-resistant keyboard, touchpad and screen, improved ruggedness with drop test from desk height, bump and scratch resistance surfaces and structures, and an optional anti-microbial keyboard. In tablet mode, the "palm rejection" feature ignores the touch of hands resting on the screen, allowing students to write and draw intuitively. In addition to being powered by the power-efficient Intel Atom processor, the new classmate PC features a rechargeable battery with up to 8.5 hours1 of battery life so students and teachers don't have to worry about plugging in. It also includes integrated wireless connectivity with WiFi and provides the options of 3G, GPS and WiMAX for easy network and Internet connections.

More than 300 vendors – including hardware, operating system, software vendors and enterprise solutions providers – are developing applications, peripherals and services optimized for Intel-powered classmate PCs as a part of the Intel Learning Series offering. This cost-effective, end-to-end solution will be brought to students by an extensive network of local OEMs including CTL, Equus and M&A in the United States, MDG in Canada and local OEMs in Australia, Argentina, China, Germany, India, Mexico, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom, in addition to Benelux region.

For additional information about the Intel-powered classmate PC, including photos and videos, visit the press kit at www.intel.com/pressroom/kits/classmatePC. Additional information is also available at www.intel.com/intel/worldahead/classmatepc and www.intellearningseries.com.

Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom.

Intel is a trademark of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries.

* Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

1 With optional 6-cell battery.


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Windows XP Home? Really? The hard drive is more than big enough for Win7, so why package it with an OS that's nearly 10 years old?

For that matter, I don't see these things as being gaming platforms since they have Intel video chipsets - so why not just put Linux on there so that the units don't need to run bloated AV software?

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3vi1:

Windows XP Home? Really? The hard drive is more than big enough for Win7, so why package it with an OS that's nearly 10 years old?

For that matter, I don't see these things a being gaming platforms since they have Intel video chipsets - so why not just put Linux on there so that the units don't need to run bloated AV software?

Yeah I have always hated XP. It was XP that got me into linux. I think 7 is a ok OS, but XP really just drives me crazy. I still don't understand the people that cling to XP. Both Vista and 7 are WAY better.

Maybe that got the XP license for dirt cheap or something. Idk though. XP is a few bucks more than the matching Win 7 OEM disk at Newegg.

 

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3vi1:

Windows XP Home? Really? The hard drive is more than big enough for Win7, so why package it with an OS that's nearly 10 years old?

For that matter, I don't see these things a being gaming platforms since they have Intel video chipsets - so why not just put Linux on there so that the units don't need to run bloated AV software?

I know why they chose Windows XP Home. Because it got the perfect user interface for kids what with all the colors and all.

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Hum i always liked XP :P. Vista is not my thing and windows 7 is doing well right now :D.

So what class range is this system aimed for?

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$499 seems steep price to pay for me, that is an entry level laptop price.

Your thoughts?

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la_guy_10:    $499 IS too much. You can get a Laptop with much better specs for less than that kind of money and just teach the kids not to abuse it.

I always liked XP but it grew to be a little long in the tooth. Vista was the absolute sucky pitts until they released the service pack for it,.......and it's still slow.

This laptop would run better with Win7 or more so, a Linux blend on it.

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So at least they figured out what to do with all those Atom processors.

They probably chose XP because it is cheap and the kids really cant do much fun stuff with it. I am sure they are going to market these to the schools. Then hopefully they will also give kids a failing grade if they can not take care of it through the course of their schooling. It will be like the Egg parent project only longer.

These things are a really good idea. it might even get the schools to finally be paperless. Plus it would be easier on the parents when it comes time for supply shopping.

Of course if you notice it does have a Webcam on it! I am sure certain teacher will love that feature. But they should have designed it with a sliding cover.

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